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GPAA claim
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John Ruffoni
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22 Mar 2015 12:52 PM
    There is a gpaa claim near where I live. I have read the forest service regulations. The regs state that within the entire forest, the season starts July 1st due to fish spawning. Without contacting the forest service I am curious whether I have rights to metal detect and use a recirculating mini highbanker. The regulations are very vague and shorten my season. Just seems like another government nipple telling me what to do when, where, and how. If you have experience with what is acceptable / time of year at the Big Nose Kate claim please let me know. Thanks
    DENNIS JANKA
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    06 Apr 2015 09:51 AM
    forest service rules NO motorized mining equipment. means no high bankers, dredges, or other type of equipment uses an engine. july 1st rule NO prospecting in the water even sluice boxes. now metal detecting is o.k. as long as you stay out of the water. your recirculating equipment is o.k. as long as your 12 volt pump does not suck water from the stream or creek. and you are at least 50 ft. from the water this is anytime of the year. the july 1st was set up because some areas have fish spawning up until this time. PLEASE RESPECT THIS RULE... it is in the best interest for all of us. hope this helped.

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    Leo Lorenz
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    06 Apr 2015 12:38 PM

    Hi Dennis If I am camping and I have a generator in the camp, I am not allowed to use the recirculating highbanker to run the 12 volt DC pump?

    Also, is prospecting in the water with sluice box "after" July 1st allowed? How deep of a hole are we allowed to dig on a forest service land? This is taking in to consideration that I plan on refilling it upon completion of my activities...

    Leo

    DENNIS JANKA
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    07 Apr 2015 11:14 AM
    in your case you can use a sluice box after july 1, but the no motorized equipment rule still applies . GENERATOR i know you can camp up to 2 weeks in the forest ( all year if you own the claim ) with a generator for camp use. i don't know about use for a recirculating system. i know a 12 volt battery away from the water is o.k. i would think if you were processing cons in camp away from the water it should be o.k. i would say 75 feet from high water mark would be a safe place to start... HOLES know more than 3 feet deep and a few feet around 6 or so. remember the forest service say PROSPECTING allowed NOT mining. so a reasonable hole for sampling material would be fine. DO NOT under cut the banks they get real up set over this... you can also dig ,/ holes in the sand and or gravel bars in the water... just remember prospecting rules fill in your holes, pack out what you pack in and be polite ... the last has got me a lot further in dealing with the forest service... hope this helped any more questions or comments feel free to ask
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    Randy Noreen
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    30 Aug 2015 08:29 AM
    Where is the updated List of Gpaa claims on your websight
    Tim Leibel
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    30 Aug 2015 10:15 AM
    Randy, the claims are listed in the 2014 Mining Guide book and updates are posted in the Pick & Shovel magazine every other month. Currently the claims list is not available online. I suspect to keep them secure from none members. We have a lot of claim jumping as it is. If you have questions about specific claims in uour guide you can post questions here, contact the local chapter which is listed on this site, ore- mail Walter Eason at the main office.
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